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Two Sisters Wanted To Share Their Mexican Culture With Everyone So They Started Donas, A Mexican-Themed Donut Shop

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Foodies are flying in from as far away as Atlanta to get a taste of Southern California-based Donas, a pastel-hued wonderland of donuts showcasing the fusion of Mexican-American culture. Not only are the flavors and names nostalgic shout outs for Mexican-Americans, they use glitter to make their donuts very Instagram worthy.

Donut fans are in for a treat at Latino donut shop Donas. You can try horchata or mole donuts or take a bite out of a Selena-inspired dessert.

Owners Ashley and David Vazquez, along with Ashley’s younger sister Amber Bobadilla, have been able to turn a profit bringing the flavors they grew up eating to a wider sweet-toothed audience.

The sister duo and brother-in-law started churro and coffee shop Horchateria Rio Luna in 2016 and launched Donas in October last year.

“We want to show people, look, this is our culture and these are our flavors and what our people have to offer,” Bobadilla said.

When David asked Bobadilla if she wanted to help in turning his idea of opening a donut shop into a brick-and-mortar reality, she was all in.

“It’s beautiful and delicious,” Bobadilla said.

The name is a play on how all of our parents and grandparents say donuts.

“Everyone who speaks Spanish knows it,” Bobadilla said, adding that the Latino, Spanish-speaking community finds the name funny.

Besides the name, everything from the decor to the flavor concepts is all Bobadilla.

With no prior baking experience, she hired a baker to bring her donut creations to life. The results included fresh takes on childhood treats such as the paleta payaso donut, made with marshmallows and chocolate.

Bobadilla knew the she wanted to put glitter on a donut. Of course, once she found the sparkling purple edible glitter, she couldn’t resist.

Bobadilla just knew that she had found the special ingredient to create her Bidi Bidi Bom Bom donut. Plus, it makes for great photos.

Agua de horchata, crushed mazapan and coconut flakes are nestled next to strawberries, raisins and oats all help create the various Mexican concoctions.

She describes it as taking “flavors that transport you to your childhood and put it into a donut.”

One of the fan favorites is a donut she envisioned while watching her favorite guilty pleasure TV show and eating chicharrón (fried pork rinds.)

Bobadilla originally brought the idea to her family but was told it would be “gross.” She pushed the initial skepticism aside and said she believed it was going to work, and Donas customers agreed. It is one of the shop’s best selling donuts, according to Bobadilla.

Bobadilla’s resolve has been integral as an entrepreneur. She and her sister tried out various businesses landing on Horchateria and Donas.

“Donas is still a work-in-progress now. We want it to look amazing and be Instagram-worthy. ” And people are definitely coming in for those Insta Stories and #foodie finds.

Bobadilla also specially crafted the interior of her donut shop to enhance the experience for donut lovers.

She said she wanted the pastels to help make the shop stand out and be cute. The team is still experimenting with design, including painting an ice cream mural on its outer walls.

But the most important thing for Bobadilla is to inspire her community.

“The bigger mission is showing people from our communities, when you really put your mind to it and have a passion, [this is] what can come.”

Donas’ donuts range from $2.50 to $5.00 for specialty donuts and is located at 8636 Imperial Hwy in Downey, California.


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Here’s Why Everyone’s Talking About Cardi B’s Horchata

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Here’s Why Everyone’s Talking About Cardi B’s Horchata

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OK, so everyone’s talking about Cardi B, like always, and for good reason. The Bronx-raised Dominican rapper keeps snapping out hit after hit. Does anyone even remember her first hit single, “Bodak Yellow”? Her debut album “Invasion of Privacy” won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, making her the first female solo artist to take home the award.

Then, claro, there’s her hit collaboration with fellow Afro-Latino, Bruno Mars, in “Finesse.” Nobody saw it coming when they announced their second collab together. “Please Me” has officially become the baby-making song of 2019 and the word “Horchata” has taken on a new, not-mami-approved meaning.

The official music video dropped on March 1, 2019, and the visuals are a throwback dream.

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The video opens up with a ’90s-esque “Somewhere in Los Angeles” graphic overlaying footage of downtown L.A. These two giving us nostalgic feels is everything.

“Theee after party spot” is Tacos Mexico.

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Cardi always does right by her Latinidad in everything she does. From her Spanglish remix of “Bodak Yellow” to her record breaking “I Like It” single that skyrocketed Bad Bunny to fame, she’s writing music for Latinos and giving voice to Latinos.

The taquería has been around since 1975, and this publicity is going to keep it around for decades to come.

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“Please Me” is no different. The entire premise is a nod to the Mexican food and culture that props up Los Angeles.

Tacos Mexico has promised it’s sanitized its counters for your eating pleasure.

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Just know, Angelenos, that theee Cardi B twerked on the counters. That really happened.

Then, when Cardi walks into the taquería, Bruno Mars’ jaw clenches. 😅

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I’m sweating. The music goes dark and we just hear his heart beating as they make eye contact for the first time.

Let’s just say that things get sensual.

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We get 3 minutes and 51 unadulterated seconds of Bruno Mars pleading with Cardi to “please me, baby.” Note that Bruno Mars and Cardi B continue to only hire people of color to shine in their music videos together. 🤩

And then Cardi actually spits this rhyme: “Your pussy basura…”

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Every time Cardi raps in Spanish, we come alive inside. Though, yes, we see how problematic it is that some of Cardi’s best rhymes are at the expense of other women. So let’s just focus on this next line.

“… my pussy horchata.”

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She said that. That just happened. Millions of humans are singing along to “my pussy horchata” as of February 15, 2019.

The Internet is living for that line.

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Having some feelings about the mala in your life? New mantra: “Your pussy basura, my pussy horchata.”

All of a sudden, “horchata” is the new standard for sexiness.

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No shade to Jhene Aiko, but the world needed something fresh. Now that ‘something’ is super Mexi, to match the ever more Mexi and Latino world we live in. 🇲🇽

Here’s how to use horchata (n.) in a sentence:

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Simple, yet effective. Oooof, the chemistry is sizzling between these two.

Fans are embracing the newly sexualized meaning of horchata.

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It’s not just me. All our brains are in the gutter now. That’s just the power of Cardi B and her music.

People are even changing their handles to shoutout to the Bruno Mars in their lives.

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I don’t want to attract anyone who wouldn’t know what that means. It is something that will definitely be around for a very long time.

Overall, “Please Me” has become a bedroom pop sensation.

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The only generation that could come after Generation Z is Generation Cardi B. I said it. We owe human civilization to her beats.

Fans are even trying to convince Cardi to ditch Offset and embrace Bruno.

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They do make award-winning music together. Would youe be mad if they got together?

Cardi B had to back out of her tour with Bruno, but maybe there’s hope yet for next year?

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After Kulture came into the picture, Cardi had to back out of her tour so that she could spend more time with her newborn. Please us all, Cardi, and tour with Bruno next year.

Meanwhile, a few guys are feeling for Offset.

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He’s fine. Everyone’s fine. They’re still happily together vacationing in Cabo, but Offset hasn’t commented on the public’s concerns for the steamship happening on set.

We think the horchata industry is about to boom like no other.

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“Please Me” is all about desire that we don’t see fulfilled. Bruno and Cardi steam up the whole place while rarely touching.

But you go get that horchata, girl.

Foodies be warned: you’ll crave a million things watching “Please Me” but none more than tacos.

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Pro tip: Tacos Mexico has over a dozen locations in California, all open past midnight. Check out tacosmexico.com to support Mr. Moreno’s taco business. Mexicans creating jobs right there .

Or horchata, depending on your needs. 😉

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We can want everything for Kulture and ship this fantasy couple at the same time, right? #TeamHorchata

READ: This Is The East Los Angeles Taco Joint Where Cardi B And Bruno Mars Filmed ‘Please Me’

Starbucks Has Released An Horchata Frappuccino And People Are Torn About It

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Starbucks Has Released An Horchata Frappuccino And People Are Torn About It

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For a while now, hardcore Starbucks fans have discussed a way to get an unofficial, horchata-flavored frappuccino. It’s done by ordering a frappuccino with a specific list of ingredients that result in a frap that sorta tastes like horchata. It seems Starbucks has caught on because they just released an official Horchata Frappuccino. Though some people are excited about the new, horchata-inspired drink, some are pretty disappointed by the flavor. Here’s how things are shaking out since the release of the Horchata Frappuccino.

At first, people weren’t sure if the drink was real.

Maybe they thought it was too good to be true, but it is very, very true.

Some people are over the moon about it.

Unlike the wildly popular Unicorn Frappuccino, the Horchata Frappuccino is going to be a permanent part of the Starbucks menu, according to CNBC.

And some Latinos can’t contain their excitement.

The ingredients for the frappuccino almond milk (for the non-dairy people), cinnamon dolce syrup, coffee and ice topped with whipped cream and caramel with cinnamon and sugar sprinkles.

It is even encouraging those who don’t like Starbucks to give it a try.

Seems like Starbucks is getting good at the gimmick beverages to encourage people to give up their money.

And, at first glance, it seems that everyone is just thrilled about it.

But, some people are not quite satisfied with the taste.

“Tastes more like a cinnamon roll.” Yeah. Horchatas and cinnamon rolls don’t really taste the same.

 They’ve even tried to warn horchata lovers about the lack of real horchata flavor.

But even some of those who are disappointed with the drink don’t hate it.

Latin@ problems… #horchata #nimodo

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Sometimes you just have to take things as they are and remember that not all copies will taste the same.

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